Obec Ivanovce
Ivanovce

The Rock

Size of the Rock of Ivanovce village (“The Rock”) used to be larger in the past. Nowadays, the north part is reduced by stone mine while the east part has been destroyed and replaced by railway system. In the first half of the 20th century, the Rock attracted archaeologists and the most complex archaeological research took place in period 1966 – 1967. The research was conducted by experts from the Archaeological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Science in Nitra.  The oldest evidence about the Rock settlement come from the Old Stone Age (Palaeolithic) and several various articles have been found there (e. g. impeccable chipped tools, leaf shape prongs, edges, scratchers, four bronze buckles). Actually, embossed cups made from the thin metal sheet are ones of the oldest of this kind in Slovakia.  

Undoubtedly, the most valuable finding is a bit unusual jewellery box that belonged to one of the female citizens of the settlement. Before she left the settlement, she had carefully saved her jewellery into it; however, she has never come back to take it back. Inside the jewellery box two sets of unique lovely necklace and bracelet were found.    

The Rock of Ivanovce village is a very rare archaeological place of the European importance; it is a protected natural formation with a number of extinct species.  

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